Maxine McKew


For the past two years Maxine has been a Vice Chancellorʼs Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Located in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education she has drawn on the expertise and substantial research of the school to inform her stories of success and challenge in Australian education.
Maxine Mckewʼs background is in journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of prestigious programmes such as Lateline and 7.30 Report. Her work has been recognised by her peers and she is a recipient of both Logie and Walkely awards. When she left broadcasting and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Minister John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both parliamentary secretary for early childhood, and later for infrastructure and local government.
Maxine now lives in Melbourne where she continues to work on a range of activities at the University of Melbourne. She is a director of three not for profit boards, Per Capita, the John Cain Foundation and Playgroup Australia.

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2 Jun 2016

The recent revelations of illegal donations to the New South Wales Liberal Party has once again shone a light on Australia's political financing laws.

Critics say these laws have led to a 'cowboy culture' of vote buying by the major parties.

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31 Jul 2014

A panel of experts discuss political leadership


Judith Troeth , former Liberal Senator for Victoria Rob Oakeshott , former independent member for Lyne Maxine McKew , former Labor MP for Bennelong Paul Strangio , Associate Professor of Politics at Monash University



24 Aug 2009

In this speech delivered by Maxine McKew at the NSW Fabians Forum as part of the ALP National Conference fringe events on 31 July 2009, she says:

"I’m aware that gender roles in Labor politics is a galvanising topic. It has been over the...

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